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8 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

8 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Fjordland
  • Day 5
    Dunedin
  • Day 6
    Akaroa
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Tauranga
  • Day 9
    Auckland

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent service and array of dining and entertainment options

Cons

Upselling is a bit excessive

Bottom Line

Friendly ship, with more free dining and activities than for-fee alternatives


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
Second time on Ruby and just as great as the first time. Everything was excellent. Embarkation/ Debarktion was great and we were on and off the ship and through the terminal both times in 30 min or less. The crew was great, the food in MDR ... Read More
Second time on Ruby and just as great as the first time. Everything was excellent. Embarkation/ Debarktion was great and we were on and off the ship and through the terminal both times in 30 min or less. The crew was great, the food in MDR was great, buffet was good but it is a buffet so don’t expect 5 star food. Room steward was wonderful and very on top of things. We love MUTS and we watched Bohemian Rhapsody on this cruise which was great on that screen and with the sound. We took my wife’s parent on this trip and it was there first cruise and all they could do was rave about the ship and the quality. As soon as we got back they started talking about booking more cruises immediately. We had a wonderful time! We love Princess and definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a premium cruise without the premium prices. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Just returned from the 5 day cruise to Cabo. The cruise was a series of hits and misses... Embarkation went quite smoothly as it took less than 20 minutes from the parking lot to being on the ship enjoying the Lido deck. The inside ... Read More
Just returned from the 5 day cruise to Cabo. The cruise was a series of hits and misses... Embarkation went quite smoothly as it took less than 20 minutes from the parking lot to being on the ship enjoying the Lido deck. The inside cabin, Aloha 728 was a standard cabin with beds pulled together to make one queen size bed. There was a mini fridge (stocked with a couple of bottles of water for purchase), a large television(one of the largest we have ever seen in a cabin). The television had about 6 news and sports stations(MSNBC, Fox, BBC, ESPN International, ESPN2, and CNBC). One of the HITS was the massive amount of on demand (complimentary) movies, tv series, and other films. We watched Can You Ever Forgive Me, Crazy Rich Asians, Mr. Rogers documentary, and Three Identical Strangers. The offerings were a welcome change from the high cost of renting similar movies on RCL. The bathroom was standard mini bathroom with shower and shower curtain. Fortunately, all the water remained in the shower, which is not the case with some lines. There were very, very few outlets. For those of you who have not been on Princess recently, the entry card needs to be tapped on the display (where the yet to be used Medalian sign) to enter. The food was really hit or miss. On the first night, we ate in the anytime dining room (Michelangelo on deck 5). My wife had a tasteless asian noodle dish, while I had an average salmon entree.The second night we ate in the Crown Grill, where my wife had a terrific filet mignon and I had a New York Strip steak that may have been used for shoe leather.Skip the fires unless you like the texture of potato chips. Other sides were fine as were the deserts. On the third night we both hit home runs with my turkey breast entree and my wife's skewers of fish.The fourth night was not too memorable as we both had some pork dish. The last night was a hit for my wife with the surf and turf and a miss for me with a dried out chicken breast. We ate breakfast in the buffet and nothing really stood out, though I would recommend the made to order omelette. The food was quite redundant for breakfast. We both enjoyed the paninis from the International Cafe. I also thought the hamburger on the Lido deck was fine. The entertainment was also hit and miss. We saw the "magic" production show, and like almost everyone we spoke with, found it to be too abstract and a little boring. We really enjoyed the duo of Black and Walker who on separate nights did covers of Eagles and Fleetwood Mac music. There was an energetic comedian (AJ) and superb singer on the last evening in the main showroom(Teacake, yes that was her name). Staff was efficient as always. Our room steward was very thorough. Our only complaint was with a food server in the buffet he was coughing all over the place. For one of the few times in my life (we have been on over 10 cruises), I complained to the manager. Nevertheless, all other staff were very competent. We took only one excursion and that was on the Cabo Rey for whale watching. They were wonderful. We were fortunate to have about a dozen whale sightings and even one breaching. They served drinks and chips/salsa as well. The whole excursion lasted about two hours. I took advantage of the treadmills in the fitness center on three of our five days. Though busier than I have seen on other cruises, there was never a wait (though about 10% seemed to be out of order). I did check out the "track". I have never seen one that is 1/16 of a mile, hardly worth the time or energy. Waling around the 7th/8th decks seemed more practical. The highlight of the cruise was the other passengers. We had a wonderful time meeting and talking with our fellow passengers. We also had an informal meet and greet of cruise critic posters as well as a fun slot pull(we actually broke even). Leaving the ship as interesting. Our group was called 45 minutes ahead of schedule. However, there was quite a wait to get through customs. There was no trouble retrieving our luggage. Overall, a good cruise, but to many misses to make it exceptional or outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Good value, right length, many sea days. We had a wonderful time. Minor complaints are that a coffee card is fixed price, and no longer able to be carried forward to Future cruises. It does not make sense to spend $31 dollars for a coffee ... Read More
Good value, right length, many sea days. We had a wonderful time. Minor complaints are that a coffee card is fixed price, and no longer able to be carried forward to Future cruises. It does not make sense to spend $31 dollars for a coffee card on a five day cruise when you cannot carry it forward. They either need to allow you to carry it forward, or sell it at discount for a short cruise. The TV seems locked into "video tape" mode in our cabin, and there was no way to change it. This should be remedied. Despite these shortcomings, we still had a wonderful time. Excellent service from everyone on board. Great embarkation, great debarkation, wonderful service in the dining room and from our cabin steward. Cruise director Natalie was always upbeat and made the voyage a real pleasure. Food was excellent, we will travel with Princess again. Read Less
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